Chelsea city councillors are looking at ways
in which they can legally find a way to reserve some of the recreation
marijuana licenses for Chelsea residents.
Councillor Roy Avellaneda forwarded an order
recently to reserve at least two of the four recreational licenses for Chelsea
residents, as so many residents have been impacted by the War on Drugs and the
prosecution of marijuana possession crimes.
Avellaneda said his order is to amend the
current retail marijuana ordinance in similar fashion to Somerville and Boston.
At the state level, the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) signaled early on
that it would approve licenses quicker in communities like Chelsea that
historically have been heavily impacted by drug prosecution.
However, Avellaneda and other councillors
said they have only seen well-heeled investors from out of town turning up to
take advantage of that designation in Chelsea.
“The recent rush we have seen by well-funded
and politically connected individuals and groups to apply for the available
licenses puts those living in communities like Chelsea at a serious
disadvantage,” he said. “The goal of the legislation I have introduced is to
provide a two-year window for two of the four licenses just for Chelsea
residents or a business entity comprised of 60 percent Chelsea residents…I
think we would have better host agreements and community benefits
offered by an individual or group based from Chelsea than from someone with no
connections to this city. Should we allow the money made from these lucrative
licenses leave the city? Or should we try to keep that revenue here?”
The Council held a Committee of the Whole
meeting on Monday night, Feb. 4, to discuss the matter and try to find a
Council President Damali Vidot said she and
Avellaneda and the rest of the Council seem to be on the same page with the
idea, but may differ on how to accomplish it.
“My concern at Monday’s meeting and a
couopld of other councillor’s concerns were that we could be interfering with a
business’s right ot commerce,” she said. “If I own an adult-use shop and want
to sell it, I don’t know if we can limit who you sell it to. We don’t want to
cut people off at the knees. That will effect investors because they may not
want to enter into a place where there are so many limits on their
investment…Also, we’re only allowing the rich to get richer. If you live in
Chelsea and have the money to buy one of these, you’re obviously already rich.”
She said the marijuana licenses mimic the
regulations for liquor stores, and there are no such limits on liquor licenses.
That said, she agreed that Avellaneda has a
good idea that needs to be explored and hopefully implemented in some fashion
to help Chelsea residents – to empower those economically who have been
affected in the past.
Avellaneda said the idea is consistent with
the recent 100 percent residency requirement for all new police and fire hires,
as well as the affordable housing requirement for Chelsea residents.
“It asks that any new jobs created in
Chelsea have a priority for Chelsea residents,” he said. “I doubt Chelsea would
lose any opportunities or see a delay in applications because any outsider
looking to open in Chelsea would look to partner with a Chelsea resident rather
than risk losing a chance at a license by waiting two years.”
Western Front Moving
Quickly on Webster
The Economic Empowerment marijuana proposal
on Webster Avenue is moving quickly through the local process for a marijuana
dispensary at 121 Webster Ave.
Western Front is a minority-owned firm that
received the Economic Empowerment designation from the state last spring, and
had its community meeting shortly after. The firm plans to open a dispensary
and also employ those who have been adversely affected by the War on Drugs –
particularly people from the Chelsea. The ownership of the company comes from
Boston and Cambridge though.
Western Front is scheduled to go before the
Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. It is the first ZBA hearing
in Chelsea for a marijuana proposal.
The deadline to apply for the pilot round of
grant funding for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds is fast approaching,
with eligibility forms for potential projects due to City Hall by Wednesday,
On Thursday, Jan. 31, the Community
Preservation Committee held the first in a series of public informational
sessions and application workshops centered around the draft Community
Preservation Plan and the pilot round of funding. A public hearing on the plan
itself is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Chelsea Senior Center at 7
For the pilot round only, applications will
be limited to $50,000.
“We are doing this pilot program so we can
get a better understanding of how the process will work and not having the
committee approve huge amounts of money until we streamline the process,” said
Karl Allen of the city’s Planning and Development Office.
Chelsea voters approved the adoption of the
CPA in November 2016. It will provide hundreds of thousands of dollars
each year to be used for the creation and acquisition of affordable housing,
historic preservation, open space and recreation. The CPA trust fund currently
has a balance of just over $2.2 million.
“Part of our mission is to build our
capacity in the community and to build the funds,” said Allen. “We have a low
bar of entry for anyone who wants to apply.”
Last week’s workshop was geared toward
helping pave the way for individuals or groups who want to apply for CPA funds,
or who simply are interested in seeing what types of projects are eligible for
“We want to use the taxpayer’s money in a
thoughtful way,” said Anna Callahan, a community planner at JM Goldson, the
City’s consultant for the Community Preservation Plan.
In addition to limiting the grants to
$50,000 in the pilot program, Callahan said the CPC is looking for projects
that are shovel ready by the summer or fall of this year.
The first step for anyone interested in the
pilot program is to complete a one-page project eligibility form by Feb. 13.
Those eligibility forms will help determine if the proposed projects could be
allowed under the CPA.
The next step is a more involved application
due to Allen by Wednesday, April 3.
The CPA prioritizes projects where the
applicant has control over the property or land for a proposal, Callahan said.
The best tactic with those with potential
project ideas is to work with Allen and the CPC, Allen said.
“Ideally, if you have an idea, you can write
it up quickly on the eligibility form and you can bring it to a workshop,”
The last informational CPA information
session before the eligibility forms are due is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9
at the Chelsea Senior Center at 1 p.m.
There are also application workshops for the
longer process scheduled to take place at the Chelsea Public Library on
Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. and on Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m.
CPA funds can be used for community housing,
historic preservation, or open space and recreation needs.
The CPC is broadly recommending that 40
percent of the funds be allocated to community housing, 15 percent to historic
preservation, 25 percent to open space and recreation and 15 percent as
undesignated and available for any type of project, according to CPC Chairman
The remaining 5 percent is reserved for
In addition to groups and individuals, the
City is also eligible to apply for CPA funding.
The CPC must present any and all ideas
before City Council for approval after creating a Community Development Plan.
The City Council retains the power to approve, deny or lower the allotted funds
for project ideas.
Callahan said the CPC favors projects where
there is site control, demonstrated community support, an ability to implement
the project, and a focus on public accessibility.
“The CPA really reflects the community’s
needs,” she said.
City Councillor-At-Large Roy Avellaneda
pushed for placing the CPA on the city ballot in 2016 and said he has been
closely following the CPC’s progress.
“I’m thrilled that we are where we are right
now,” he said.
Dr. Fardad Mobed and Dr. Lily Parsi
certainly have a lot in common.
Both are scholars, which goes without
saying. They hold degrees in engineering: Dr. Mobed, a Bachelor’s in Electrical
Engineering, Dr. Parsi, three advanced degrees in Civil, Water Resources, and
Computer System Engineering.
Both attended dental school in the Boston
area. Dr. Mobed completed his dental training at Boston University while Dr.
Parsi studied at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
But perhaps, most significantly, they share
the same home address. Dr. Mobed and Dr.
Parsi are husband and wife, the parents of two children.
And they have been practicing dentistry
together at their state-of-the-art offices, Northgate Dental, located at 603
Broadway that has been in existence for 27 years. Dr. Mobed is an endodontist
specializing in root canal surgery. Dr. Parsi is a pedodontist specializing in
Dr. Mobed began his practice in 1992 at the
Northgate Shopping Center before moving to Broadway. Dr. Parsi joined the practice in 2008. They also have a
dental practice in Brookline.
Yes, they do work side by side in the Revere
office, though as Dr. Parsi states, “I treat the children. He treats mostly
Of course, everyone asks the question,
“What’s it like for a couple to work together?”
“It’s great – we really support each other
quite a bit,” said Dr. Parsi. “I feel it’s good to know that you can trust the
other person 100 percent.”
Dr. Samantha Bogle is the orthodontist at Northgate. Dr. Joey
Chang is the oral surgeon and the director of the pre-doctoral program at Tufts
School of Dental Medicine.
Do Dr. Mobed and Dr. Parsi talk about
dentistry at home during dinner?
“Unfortunately, a lot,” Dr. Parsi said,
“We go to dental conferences together but we
attend different lectures,” added Dr. Mobed.
The dentists have stayed on top of the major technological advances in their profession and their offices feature the latest state-of-the-art equipment.
“I think one of the biggest changes have
been in CT scans and microscopes, and everybody gets white fillings instead of
silver fillings,” said Dr. Mobed.
Dr. Parsi said preventive care should begin
early. “The primary goal in pediatric dentistry is to prevent cavities, so we
want to see children as early as 6 months old, but no later than the first year
of age,” said Dr. Parsi. “Because the objective is to teach the parents how to
take care of their children, ideally so the children will never have cavities,
rather than seeing them at the time when there are already cavities in the
Dr. Parsi said Northgate wants to be “a dental home for families, so patients know where to go when there are issues, but hopefully we can prevent these issues from happening.”
27 years in
Dr. Mobed has been a practicing dentist in
Revere for 27 years. He has treated two generations of families who have been
coming to Northgate Dental.
“I like the people,” said Dr. Mobed. “It’s a
good community and they’re appreciative of what you do for them.”
“I’ve had patients who I saw when they were
very little, and now they now see him,” said Dr. Parsi. “Depending on the
patient’s personality, anywhere between the ages 15-18, they’re ready to see
the adult dentist.”
She is proud to see her patients dedicating
themselves to dental care and prevention.
“I’m especially happy to see the children
whom I’ve seen six months old, because they end up being very healthy, and it
makes me sad when somebody whom I’ve never seen, comes in to the office and
they have major needs. I’m glad we’ve made such a strong connection to families
that we’ve known for a long time. It’s very satisfying.”
Dr. Parsi recommends that her patients have
regular dental check-ups every six months.
Interestingly Dr. Mobed came to the United
States from Iran 40 years ago with the goal of becoming a professional soccer
He accomplished that goal, earning a spot on
the Boston Teamen professional team that was based in Framingham.
One of his fondest soccer memories was
playing for an Iranian team that had an exhibition game in that country against
Brazil and Pele, arguably the greatest soccer player in history.
“In 1978, Brazil came to Iran for some
exhibition games when Pele was at the top of his game and was most famous at
that time,” recalled Dr. Mobed. “I was fast, but too skinny, otherwise I
wouldn’t be a dentist now.”
But fortunately for their many patients, Dr. Fardad Mobed and Dr. Lily
Parsi are dentists now and they look forward to continuing their successful
partnership at Northgate Dental for many years to come.
A Chelsea firefighter fighting the stunning blaze created by Pollo Campero in Park Square on Sunday night. The popular restaurant was a total loss, but owners said they intend to re-build.
Heavy smoke poured from the popular Pollo Campero restaurant in Park Square on Sunday night, with firefighters facing treacherous conditions that forced their evacuation numerous times as they tried to put out the stunning fire.
In the end, crews battled and made quick
work of it – getting it out within an hour.
Chief Len Albanese said it is still under
investigation this week, and that it was a total loss.
“The fire is still under investigation;
however, I can report at this time that it appears that the fire started in a
concealed space within a wall, then traveled to the loft space above the
ceiling where the fire was allowed to burn for some time before breaking out
and activating the Fire Alarm system,” he said. “This would account for the
major fire condition on arrival even though the building had a working fire
alarm system. Also, there were no sprinklers within the structure. The fire
remains under investigation for a definitive cause that will be reported upon
There were no civilian injuries, but one
firefighter was injured.
On Sunday evening, at 11:40 p.m. Chelsea
Fire Alarm received an alarm of fire from Box 1134 for the Pollo Campero
restaurant located at 115 Park St. First arriving companies from Chelsea E2 and
L1 under the command of Capt. Phil Rogers reported heavy smoke showing on
arrival from the rear of the building. C4 Deputy Wayne Ulwick arrived
on scene assuming command and immediately ordered the Working
Fire. Due to the heavy smoke and reports of heavy fire within the interior
of the building, a Second Alarm was requested bringing companies from Revere,
Everett, Boston and MassPort to the scene. Crews were ordered out of the
building several times due to conditions rapidly deteriorating from
heavy fire conditions within the structure forcing firefighters to attack the
fire with defensive operations using blitz guns, hand lines
and ladder pipes
The fire was brought under control within an
The Boston Sparks Club under the command of
President Paul Boudreau responded to the scene supplying Re-Hab and
refreshments for the firefighters. Chelsea Police also provided traffic and
crowd control during fire. Crews from Medford and Boston provided mutual aid
during the fire.
Chief Albanese said it was a defensive fight
for firefighters because the structure was too far along to be saved.
Nevertheless, owners are determined to rebuild.
“It was determined that the fire was well
involved within the structure, and crews were ordered out of the building and
proceeded with a defensive fire attack,” he said. “Given the time of day, a
closed business and no reports of occupants, this was the safest course of
action given that very early on it was apparent that this building could not be
saved. Members of Fire Prevention are working with the ownership, who reported
to us that they intend to rebuild as soon as possible.”
Steve Poftak, who has been the MBTA General Manager for about a month, expresses his commitment to Chelsea during the inaugural Chelsea Transportation Task Force meeting at City Hall on Thursday, Jan. 24. The Task Force plans to continue meeting for the next six months regarding MBTA issues and the Better Buses program.
Rather than Russell Disposal, the trash and
recycling trucks rumbling down city streets could one day say City of Chelsea.
While that possibility is a slight one at
the moment, the City Council is asking City Manager Thomas Ambrosino to look
into the costs of the City owning its own trash trucks and picking up its own
trash. Currently, the City has a contract with Russell Disposal, Inc. of
More than half the sitting councilors had
their name attached to the order that was introduced at Monday night’s meeting:
President Damali Vidot, District 6 Councilor Giovanni Recupero, District 1
Councilor Robert Bishop, District 4 Councilor Enio Lopez, District 3 Councilor
Joe Perlatonda, and District 2 Councilor Luis Tejada.
Lopez said he does not believe Russell is
doing a good enough job with trash removal, sometimes leaving trash behind and
picking up recycling on a haphazard schedule.
“They are being paid big bucks and they are
not doing it,” Lopez said. “For the amount of money we are paying, we can get a
few trucks and hire people from the city of Chelsea.”
Bishop said he has heard no complaints from
his district about trash collection, but did support having Ambrosino look at
“If this saves money, I’m interested in what
(the city manager) has to say,” said Bishop. “The whole idea is to see if we
can save money.”
In some procedural wrangling,
Councilor-at-Large Leo Robinson made a motion to move the issue into conference
“I feel like we keep putting things out
there and we have no idea what the costs will be,” said Robinson. The
councilor, who said his family has a long history in the waste management
business, said a single trash truck could cost over a quarter of a million
dollars, along with additional costs to retrofit the trucks to collect trash
barrels in Chelsea.
“If we make the move to go pick up our own
trash, there is a lot involved,” Robinson said. “I don’t have a number in front
of me, but it could cost $3 million to $3.5 million per year.”
Recupero said there was no need to put the
issue into council committee at this time, since the request was to have
Ambrosino get more information and numbers on municipal waste collection.
“If he tells us it’s not feasible, then it
can’t be done,” he said. “If it is feasible, then we can send it to committee.”
Perlatonda estimated that the costs could be
even higher than those estimated by Robinson.
While Cambridge has more than double the
population of Chelsea, he said annual costs of municipal collection there are
about $12 million.
“I don’t think it is going to be feasible to
find (an option) cheaper than Russell,” he said.
The vote to move the issue to committee failed,
with Robinson, Perlatonda, and District 7 Councilor Yamir Rodriguez on the
short end of the vote. The request will now go to Ambrosino for his review.
City Manager Thomas Ambrosino got a new
five-year contract and a healthy serving of praise from the City Council Monday
The council approved the contract with a
10-0 vote. Councilor-at-Large Roy Avellaneda was not present at Monday night’s
Ambrosino gets a three percent raise with
the new deal, from $184,913 annually to $189,945.
Council President Damali Vidot said a
sub-committee made up of Councilors Luis Tejada, Giovanni Recupero and Yamir
Rodriguez had been evaluating Ambrosino for several months, and agreed that he
has done a good job and should be invited back.
“He’s done a great job and he wanted to go
five years instead of four years so he would be closer to retirement age at the
end of this contract,” she said. “I think he deserved it. I felt he earned five
years. He got a really good evaluation and people are very pleased with his
Vidot said the evaluation showed councilors
and the public felt he was a little too hands-off on his management of
departments, and wanted to see him be a little more hands-on with them. For
Vidot, she said one of his strengths has been treating the City Council with
“He has really given the City Council the
respect it deserves,” she said. “I didn’t see that in the previous
administration. Chelsea seems to really be coming together. There seems to be
so much more interest in social and civic issues and more unity overall.”
On Monday night, the praises continued at
the Council meeting before they voted to extend the contract five more years.
“The city manager has done a great job,”
said District 8 Councilor Calvin T. Brown. “He’s committed, a creative thinker,
and a very approachable city manager.”
Several councilors commented on Ambrosino’s
responsiveness to residents’ concerns.
“Whenever I have had a problem in my
district and brought it to his attention, the city manager has been very
responsive,” said District 1 Councilor Robert Bishop.
District 5 Councilor Judith Garcia said
Ambrosino has been an incredible asset and resource for the community.
“He has invested a lot in the community, and
I hear it from my constituents a lot,” said Garcia.
In addition to the three percent pay raise,
Ambrosino will get an additional $500 per year for travel, and the former
Revere mayor’s new contract will be for five years, compared to his current
“I’m very pleased and very grateful to the
city council for giving me a vote of confidence,” Ambrosino said following
Monday night’s meeting. “I will do everything I can to continue to make them
proud of my work.”
Ambrosino has said since last fall he would
like to be asked to return to Chelsea for another contract term. He said he
feels like he has more work to do in the city, particularly with his downtown
•In other Council news:
A resolution passed by the City Council
Monday night recognized February as Black History Month and thanked the Lewis
H. Latimer Society, Bunker Hill Community College, and the Chelsea Black
Community “Remembering Black Migration, WWI, and the Chelsea Fire” for the
contributions to the city.
The Council also recognized Feb. 21 as Dr.
Maya Angelou Day in Chelsea.
•The council requested a meeting with
Emergency Management Director Keith Vetreno to discuss 911 services.
•Councilor-at-Large Leo Robinson requested
that City Manager Tom Ambrosino update the council on all planned development
in the city.
•District 6 Councilor Giovanni Recupero
requested a brighter streetlight on Charles Street, as well as a study for
traffic on the Meridian Street Bridge. The brightness of the new LED
streetlights has been a problem point for several years, as most of them are on
the lowest setting to save money on power. Recupero has routinely asked the
City to increase the brightness on the new LED lights.
There is no shortage of Super Bowl parties
going on in Chelsea this weekend, but if one wants their party to score high,
they better know how to prepare a proper chicken wing.
Chef/Pitmaster Andy Husbands of The Smoke
Shop (located in Assembly Row in Somerville) said that if hosts think getting a
good wing on the table for the Super Bowl is as easy as popping them in a hot
oven, they would be flapping wrong.
In fact, he said, the key to a good Super
Bowl spread is preparation and thinking ahead.
“Wings are so subjective,” he said. “Do you
like the small ones or the big roaster wings? I go for the big roasting ones.
You want the big, roaster wings. I’d also advise everyone to go early. Don’t go
to the store to buy your wings on Saturday. They’ll all be sold out and you’ll
get stuck with the small wings…Most everything you serve for the Super Bowl
except for ribs can be done on Saturday. That makes it so much easier. You want
it to be enough food for everybody, but you want it to be easy for you too. You
don’t want to be in the kitchen saucing wings when the Pats are scoring.”
Husbands said the centerpiece of a Super
Bowl spread always has to be the wings, so getting them right is important.
Husbands suggests doing what is called a
“You want the best wings, and even though
it’s a bit complicated, I would look up how to confit wings,” he said.
When he pulls it off, Husbands said he
starts by seasoning the raw wings the day before with salt and other
flavorings. Many make the mistake, he said, of putting the sauce – whether
buffalo or teriyaki sauce – on before cooking the wings. One should not do
that, he said.
“That will hamper the wings,” he said.
“Sugars burn quickly, and you don’t want that burnt taste on the wings.”
Once seasoned, Husbands coats the wings in
oil and chicken or goose fat. Then they go into a 205-degree oven until cooked.
Then, take them out, let them cool and remove the fat. The next day, before the
big game, take them out of the refrigerator and use the fat from the previous
day on a sheet pan. Put the wings in the fat and cook them in an oven at 350
degrees until crispy.
“They become crispy and rich and then you
apply the sauce, whether Frank’s Red Hot or Szechuan – whatever you want,” he
said. “That’s a fun way to do it.”
There are, of course, other ways to wing it
for the big game.
Home frying, however, is not something
Husbands recommends. Most people don’t have the right equipment and it uses a
ton of fat for just one dish.
Cooking them in the oven after seasoning is
another option, but it has to be on low heat. A common mistake, he said, is
putting the wings in the oven raw at a high temperature to get them crispy.
However, that leads to a dry and bony wing – perhaps even raw.
“You want to put them on very low heat and
continuously turning them gets them crispy on the outside and keeps them juicy
on the inside,” he said. “After they’re cooked (150 degree temperature inside),
you can crank up the oven to 450 degrees and flash them in until really crispy.
Then you sauce them up. That way you get them fully cooked and crispy. No one
wants raw chicken.”
Yet another way goes to the die-hards, who
will take the opportunity to do some arctic grilling. Husbands said the cold
weather won’t stop him from grilling wings and smoking ribs for his Super Bowl
“I’m absolutely going to be outside,” he
said. “My neighbors all know me well. They don’t look at me like I’m crazy.
It’s more like they want to know if they can have some. It’s a passion and if
you know it love it you want to do it all the time in any weather. I have a
Traeger grill and a Big Green Egg grill and they work in all types of weather.
I might use both of them this time.”
Beyond the meat of the matter, though,
Husbands has some good ideas for buffet style options.
One of those ideas is a chili bar. He
usually cooks a pot of chili and leaves it on low in the Crock Pot, setting up
a chili fixin’s salad bar next to it.
“What’s cool about chili is you can keep it
in the Crock Pot, keep it hot and put out a bunch of toppings – like crushed
Fritos, crushed tortilla chips, scallions, sour cream and anything else you
like,” he said. “People can come back and forth to that during the entire
At halftime, he rolls out a hot dog bar too.
Either grilled or boiled, he selects quality
hot dogs and two different kinds of buns. From there, the sky is the limit on
the kinds of toppings one can offer to guests. Husbands suggests kimchee,
several different types of mustard, cheese sauce, unique pickle relishes and
even his own favorite, sriracha ketchup.
“Guests can have fun making their own hot dog,”
he said. “You can wheel that out at halftime for something new. All of it can
be prepared ahead of time too.”
For the beer lovers, Husbands suggests not
going all lawnmower and not going all high-brow either. In his ice chest, he
said he offers everything from Miller High Life to Trillium Brewery.
“It’s important to have something for
everyone,” he said. “I don’t want to push my passion for craft beer on someone
who wants a High Life. A High Life can be just as enjoyable as a craft beer.”
Super Bowl LIII official coverage starts at
6 p.m. on CBS.
Andy Husbands is an award-winning chef and
pitmaster at The Smoke House, which has locations in Assembly Row, the Seaport
and Cambridge. Just this year he closed down his long-time South End
restaurants Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel – which were neighborhood staples for
The Massachusetts State 9-1-1 Department is
pleased to announce that Text to 911is now available throughout the
Commonwealth. All Massachusetts 9-1-1 call centers now have ability to receive
a text message through their 9-1-1 system. The Baker-Polito Administration has
supported making these system enhancements since 2015.
Text to 9-1-1 allows those in need of
emergency services to use their cellular device to contact 9-1-1 when they are
unable to place a voice call.
“This is a significant improvement to our 9-1-1 system that will save
lives,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Tom Turco. “By giving
those requiring emergency services this option we are greatly expanding the
ability of first responders to provide critical assistance to those in
To contact emergency services by text message, simply enter 9-1-1 in the “To”
field of your mobile device and then type your message into the message field.
It is the same process that is used for sending a regular text message from
your mobile device. It is important to make every effort to begin the text
message indicating the town you are in and provide the best location
information that you can.
“Having the ability to contact a 9-1-1 call
center by text could help those being held against their will or victims of
domestic violence unable to make a voice call,” said Frank Pozniak,
Executive Director of the State 9-1-1 Department. “Text to 9-1-1 also provides
direct access to 9-1-1 emergency services for the deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired,
which is a service that these communities did not have access to until now.”
It is important to note that the 9-1-1 call center may not always have your
exact location when they receive your text. For this reason, when sending a
Text to 9-1-1 it is important to make every effort to begin the text message
indicating the town you are in and provide the best location information that
The State 9-1-1 Department encourages citizens to Text to 9-1-1 only when a
voice call is not possible.
Remember: “Call if you can, text if you can’t.”
Early in the morning on Saturday January 5th
with a team of of 13 men Principal Mathews arrived at Salvation Army Chelsea
loaded with tools and all the materials ready to do a transformation..
Captain Isael Gonzalez, the Pastor of
Salvation Army remarks, how excited he was to see a team of professionals
lawyers, teachers, principals, and investors who unselfishly dedicated their
time accomplishing major repairs.
The day started at 7:00 a.m. shopping for
needed items at Home Depot and ended about 5:30 p.m.
Captain Brenda Gonzalez expressed, the
highlight for the weekend for her was the fact that some of Principal Mathews’s
friends traveled from different states to celebrate his birthday in a very
unusual way. His friends are Kevin Qazilbash (Lawrence
Principal), Evan MacAlew (Somerville Teacher), Josh Bowman
(Lawyer),Drew Kodjak (Environmental lawyer), Bill O’Flanagan (Retired
Principal), Mike Sabin (Waltham Principa), Seth Alexander (investing), Tom
Nolan (investing), Alexlander Mathews (CHS Principal Chelsea), Bouke
Noordji, Steven Cornielsen, Mark Nichols, and Dave Daglio.
They demonstrated humility and willingness
to serve without any fanfare. They really wanted to give back to the community
using their own resources and skills. They hired a local contractor to replace
and install carpet in the front office. They replaced ceiling tiles in the
kitchen and high ceiling tiles at the gym door exit. They painted the kids club
classrooms and the hallways. They sanded and ceiled the wood rails along the
stairway and replaced the baseboard trims.
When the kids arrived, they were so excited
and happy to see the big change in their newly painted classrooms.
Principal Mathews and team of friends, including
the Salvation Army congregation, the Chelsea Interfaith Alliance and the entire
community say Happy, Happy Birthday to you. Thank you very much for giving back
to the community on your special day.